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Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal issued a special holiday greeting for Georgia residents on Friday.

As Christmas nears, I wanted to wish every Georgian a merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

Christmas has a special way of reminding us what is really important: our faith in God, family and the well-being of our fellow man.

But Christmas is not limited to a single season or date on a calendar. These feelings of peace and love are always with us throughout our lives. For many, Christmas serves as a rejuvenation of these values and ideals.

After the gifts are all unwrapped and the candles begin to dim, our spirits will once again be enriched and fully restored.

As we reflect on all we have been able to accomplish this past year, we will cary this rejuvenated spirit to achieve all the goals that we have set for the coming years.

Nickajack Elementary counselor receives national recognition

Nickajack Elementary counselor receives national recognition

SMYRNA, Ga. (CCSD CobbCast) -- A professional school counselor at Smyrna's Nickajack Elementary has been named the 2011-2012 American School Counselor Association's Counselor of the Year.

Nicole Pfleger will travel to Washington, DC in February to compete against five other national finalists for the title.

Pfleger is among 400 people who competed for the award, which honors professionals who work tirelessly to make a daily difference in students' lives. She was honored by Cobb County Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa during a surprise assembly on Dec. 8.

During her trip to the nation's capitol, Pfleger will meet with members of Congress, tour the city's many monuments and attend a black-tie awards gala at Union Station.

Electric Violinist Ken Ford Makes History Performing at the 77th Heisman Trophy Awards on ESPN

Electric Violinist Ken Ford Makes History Performing at the 77th Heisman Trophy Awards on ESPN

Atlanta's own Electric Violinist Ken Ford performed live on Saturday, December 10th in front of millions for the 77th annual Heisman Trophy Presentation Presented by on ESPN. A first in the network's history to have a live music performance take place during the Heisman presentation. 

Atlanta Wedding Expert Hosts Evening of Bridal Beauty for Brides-to-Be

Atlanta Wedding Expert Hosts Evening of Bridal Beauty for Brides-to-Be

Wedding Expert, Tia R. Ervin is coming to the rescue for all brides preparing for upcoming nuptials in her signature "WEDucation" event, Beauty & The Bride, hosted at Polished Beauty Lounge in quaint Vinings on Wednesday, December 7th.

Announcing the 2011 Teacher IMPACT Grant recipients

Announcing the 2011 Teacher IMPACT Grant recipients

COBB COUNTY, Ga. (CCSD CobbCast) -- The Cobb Schools Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011 Teacher IMPACT Grants.

A record 117 teachers, administrators and specialists applied for this district-wide distinction. The foundation was able to whittle the number down to 14 projects, which received more than $20,000 in cash and gifts.

Campbell High, Smyrna
* Vicki Mudd, "Trout in the Classroom"

Chalker Elementary, Kennesaw
* Kim Barker, "Sunday Scholars"
* Veronica Crafton, "Sensory Integration Project"

Cooper Middle, Austell
* Amy Johnson, "Articulating Foundational Math Concepts through Animation"

Fair Oaks Elementary, Marietta
* Michelle Kormos, "Promoting Math & Literacy Skills through Art & Technology Integration"

SMYRNA: Ruben Studdard seeks divorce

SMYRNA: Ruben Studdard seeks divorce

COLUMBIANA, Ala. -- American Idol winner Ruben Studdard is divorcing his wife of three years, saying they haven't lived together since last year.

Court records show Studdard filed a contested divorce last week in Shelby County, where he lives in suburban Birmingham. The complaint says he and Zuri Studdard split in October 2010. She now lives in Smyrna.

The complaint cites a "complete incompatibility of temperament" for the divorce, and it asks a judge to enforce a prenuptial agreement that was signed before they wed in 2008.

Studdard was known as the "Velvet Teddy Bear" when he won the second season of American Idol in 2003. Studdard is playing host to a weekend-long event in Birmingham that begins Friday and includes a half-marathon Sunday.

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will hold an appreciation ceremony for more than 180 Atlanta-area music teachers Friday evening.

The teachers will be recognized at 7 p.m. by ASO president Stanley Romanstein. Afterward, the instructors will attend the evening's concert featuring the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky.

ASO cellist Joel Dallow will also receive a special award from Romanstein for his arts education advocacy work throughout Georgia.

Both the 8 p.m. concert and the preceding reception will take place at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Midtown.